A CALL TO WORSHIP THE REAL JESUS!
By Pastor Dan Gayman
Heed this warning and let the word go forth! Blow ye the trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm across this nation! To all professing Christians everywhere, cry aloud! Spare not! The sissified, needy Jesus of post-Modern Christianity is neither the Jesus of the Bible nor the Jesus Who will split the clouds to judge the nations and rule this earth with a rod of iron. The weak, needy Jesus of 21st Century Christianity is a pseudo-Jesus, not He who stormed the gates of hell or threw the moneychangers out of the temple. Which Jesus are you following? If the future destiny of your soul means anything, read on!
--Pastor Dan Gayman
The new Jesus of Modern Christianity is not the Jesus of the Bible, or the Jesus of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John and Charles Wesley’s day. The new Jesus crafted by 21st Century theologians is not the Jesus of those who settled and civilized America. Today we all need to find, win, and cling to the real Jesus of biblical and historical fame! We need the Jesus Who will smite the nations with His mighty sword of truth when He returns in glory to seize dominion of this earth and wage war against the anti-Christ and those who oppose the Kingdom of God. In love and concern for every professing Christian throughout the land, including those who feel secure in their home churches, I press you hard to examine the Jesus you picture and cultivate. Without apology, I warn you that the Jesus so many professing Christians follow today is not the Jesus of the Bible.
Open your Bibles to Revelation 19:11 and thereafter to become acquainted with the real Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible, the Jesus Who alone can save your soul to live with Him for eternity. The real Jesus will not come back as a Lamb to be slain, crucified, and given a crown of thorns. Instead, the Jesus we yearn for will return in glory and majesty to judge and make war. His eyes will be like a flame of fire, and He will bear a name that no one presently knows. He will be covered with vesture dipped in blood. His name is called the very Word of God. From his mouth will precede the sharp sword of His Word with which He will smite the nations with a rod of iron. This Jesus will tread the winepress and lay waste the wicked of this earth with the fierce wrath of Almighty God.
The real Jesus is further described in Revelation 19:19: “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” This beast destined to feel the wrath of the real Jesus is none other than the personal anti-Christ, identified as a fallen angel in Revelation 9:11, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in the Greek Apollyon—one and the same as the Sea Beast of Revelation 13:1, Daniel 7:23-25, and II Thessalonians 2:4.
This self-exalted world ruler called the beast in Revelation 19:19, together with the false prophet, the earth-beast of Revelation 13:11, will meet their doom when the Mighty Jesus, riding upon the lead white horse in His great army, makes war against these supernatural world rulers and in triumphant victory casts them into the lake of fire, where they shall remain throughout eternity. You may wish to turn to Revelation 14:14-20 and discover the manner in which the real Jesus will do business with the wicked of this world when He returns to reap the earth with the sharp sickle of His sword. Yes, the Word of God declares that when the sickle of God’s wrath is thrust into the earth, “blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” You may wish to further enlarge your image of the real Jesus by turning to Revelation 1:13-18. When he was banished to the Isle of Patmos, the Apostle John was privileged to hear and see the real Jesus. The Jesus that John saw and heard “had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev. 1:16-18).
Jesus alone now holds the keys of hell and death. Those keys were taken from Satan (or Lucifer—the fallen angel) when Jesus descended into Sheol at the time of His Crucifixion, seized the keys from Satan, and burst through the doors of that prison, leading His redeemed saints to Paradise in the third heaven. The keys to both death and hell remain in the Hands of the Mighty Jesus, the One destined to rule the nations with a rod of iron in a glorious one-world government. This is the child and son of Isaiah 9:6, the one destined to take charge of the government of this earth. He is “The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
The Jesus of Scripture is not the needy Jesus so often characterized in the marshmallow fluff dished from pulpits throughout America. This sissified Jesus has become the new Jesus in post-Modern Christianity. Since the end of World War II (1945), Christianity has been undergoing tremendous change. In the second decade of the 21st Century, we finally have a clear picture of the Jesus promoted in the Emerging Church. The new generation of preachers dressed in street clothes seeks to mimic the world to appeal to the unsaved masses. Post-modern preachers declare that they are not concerned about theology, doctrine, biblical inerrancy, authority, or the truths that have historically built the faith of Christianity. Rather, they want to love everyone. As long as you love Jesus, that is all you need. Reach out and love everyone, and all will be well.
In an effort to lure the unsaved masses into their Branson-style theatres, the new generation of preachers is earnestly working to wrap the modern church with an agenda, including people programs, music, dress, and style all designed to mimic current culture. Their goal is to make the church an extension of the modern culture. The church must conform to the dress, music, entertainment, and style of the world. The masses that crowd into these religious theatres are encouraged to love everyone and live like Jesus out in the world.
This sissified, needy Jesus marketed by the Emerging Church is disconnected from the true, historic Jesus Whom the Pilgrims, Puritans, and multiplied generations have worshipped. The new Jesus does not come to rescue you from the depraved and wretched moral state of sin into which you were born. Nor is He nearly as interested in your depraved and sinful state as He is in promising you a happy life, improving your self-image, and seeking to mask the guilt and shame that may have come into your life from sin against God and His holy law and commandments. The new Jesus is not nearly so interested in your moral depravity, addictions to pleasure, sexuality, love of materialism, and preoccupation with worldly success as He is making you feel good when you leave the worship service.
The real Jesus knows that every member of Adam’s posterity arrives from the womb spiritually dead, in urgent need of spiritual regeneration. As we grow in years, we all have an increasing need to be delivered from moral depravity and the wretched state of sin into a new creation made possible only by Jesus Christ in complete spiritual regeneration. Until we are made a new creation in Jesus Christ, the new Adam of the world to come, we remain dead in our trespasses and sin. Should we die in our unsaved state, we shall have an absolute guarantee of going straight into hell, to remain there until the resurrection, when the unsaved dead are judged and sent into the eternal punishment of Gehenna. Jesus is the ultimate answer for people suffering mental depression resulting from the shame and guilt that comes when we sin against God. Repentance before God, faith in Jesus Christ, a clearing of the conscience from the guilt and shame of sin—these are the only solution for mental depression.
The Biblical Jesus did not come into the world to bring you happiness, make you feel good, swell your self-image, promise you success, or give a five-step plan to worldly wealth. Rather, Jesus Christ came into the world to save His elect sons and daughters from their sin and deliver them from the wrath of God’s eternal judgment to come. He did not come to deliver us from trouble and tribulation, for He left us with these words which indicate otherwise: “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus came to bring spiritual regeneration and make us a new creation in His image and likeness. The real Jesus calls for a life of sacrifice, commitment, dedication, and obedience.
This reinvented Jesus is depicted as One starving for your affection and devotion. In order to impress and inspire us, this needy Jesus begs us to come dressed “as you are,” with your accompanying coffee and snack, and relax during the entertainment while a rock band fills the room with the same pulsating sounds heard in the world. No one feels guilt and shame for a particular life style. If you are a practicing homosexual, a transgender, a race mixer, an adulterer, a fornicator, come anyway to a place where you will feel loved and appreciated. The more determined churches may encourage you to leave behind certain behaviors and lifestyles, but they will still accept you “as you are.” They even have focus groups where you can meet others afflicted with your particular type of problem.
Leaders of the Emerging Church claim that we need not worry about the particulars of theology and doctrine or biblical inerrancy. Rather, all that matters is that you love Jesus. Let us examine this philosophical worldview.
Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Godhead, credited with the creation of the world (John 1:3; Eph. 3:9; Heb. 1:2). All of the Christological doctrines (Virgin Birth, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, and Second Coming) are important. It is crucial that Christians understand them as they are articulated from Scripture. We ignore sound Christian doctrine at our own peril. Jesus Christ and our Christian walk can never be disconnected from the Bible. Jesus is the featured focus of every book in the Bible. He is the hub of every biblical spoke in the wheel. Jesus did not divorce His ministry from doctrine. John 7:16-17 records these words from the lips of Jesus: “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” Moreover, God places this charge before all who will speak as a defender of the faith: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering, and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Tim. 4:1- 4).
As the second Person of the Trinity of the one, true, and living God, Jesus is an active participant in all of salvation history. His preexistence is highly profiled. Jesus is found in Genesis 1:26 in the creation of Adam kind: “And God said, let us (the plural pronoun us involves all three Persons of the Godhead) make man in our image (note the pronoun our, again indicating the plurality of the Godhead) after our likeness:…” The pre-existent Jesus visited Abraham before the destruction of Sodom, where his nephew Lot resided (Genesis 18). Jesus may well have been the unseen, invisible, but very real Captain of the LORD’s hosts before Whom Joshua fell to the earth to worship (Joshua 5:13-15). Jesus, the Son of God, was seen in the fiery furnace with the three Hebrew children (Daniel 3:25). The Old Testament is laced with the presence of Jesus Christ. He is the One Whose feet are destined to stand at the Mount of Olives at the consummation of history (Zechariah 14:4) and is the Messenger of the Covenant who will purify the sons of Levi at His appearing in glory (Malachi 3:1-3).
The Biblical and historical Jesus does not need us at all. Jesus is self-sustaining, not dependent upon anyone to keep Him happy. We need Jesus! Jesus does not need us! Jesus is surrounded with countless legions of angels and the redeemed of all the ages. He owns the earth and the cattle on a thousand hills. We are the ones who are needy and in urgent need of spiritual regeneration. We do not choose Him. He chooses us! Jesus is not at our mercy. We are at His! “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you…” (John 15:16). You can be certain that Jesus is not sitting in heaven desperately waiting for you to choose Him.
What we all should be doing is seeking with all our heart and mind to be chosen by Him. The Bible says in Psalm 65:4, “Blessed is the man whom thou chooseth, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts:…” The highest priority of our lives is that we might be chosen of Christ, that we might win Christ and be found numbered in His election, chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5). We are the ones who should be seeking the good shepherd, the very Christ Who came to give His life for the sheep.
This is the plain truth: you may have been born into this world as a pedigreed, certified seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and still be lost in sin and headed straight for a place called hell. You may be highly intelligent, highly educated, rich, even famous; yet, if you remain dead in trespasses and sin and without Jesus Christ, you have a guaranteed ticket to hell and eternity in the fire of Gehenna! Turn to Philippians 3:4-8 to see what God declared through the inspired lips of St. Paul: “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”
Did you catch that? This celebrated and inspired apostle declared that he counted all things—his heritage, his zeal, his love of the law—all things as dung when compared to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. St. Paul was willing to sacrifice everything in life to win the favor of Jesus Christ. The Jesus of the Bible does need not us, but we surely need Him. What will you give to find favor with Him and win His affection? What are you willing to give up? Will you forego the glitter of the world to win Christ? Will you turn from the pleasures of sin to find a place at Jesus’ feet? What will you do to win the real Jesus?
The Jesus of biblical fame calls for His followers to be disciples and live disciplined, responsible, sanctified, fruit-bearing lives. We must sacrifice to become His disciple. We are called to be in the world but to forsake the glitter of the world and the sinful pleasures that make the world a popular place. We are called to be lights in a world otherwise filled with spiritual and moral darkness.
Jesus Himself calls those Who will follow Him to “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). Which road will you travel? Have you entered the strait gate and found the narrow way that will lead you into everlasting life, or have you traveled through the wide gate and the popular well-traveled broad road that leads to destruction and everlasting punishment in the fire of Gehenna?
Of this you may be certain: there will come a day when we shall all stand before the real Jesus to be judged for our choices. What will be our fate on that day? Will we hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21)? If you have endeavored to win the real Jesus, to confess the state of your moral depravity, your sins and trespasses against God, if you have by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ found forgiveness, if you have won the affection and love of Christ, you may be assured of hearing these words. What immeasurable joy that would be! But, if you have neglected to win Christ, to obey and make the necessary sacrifices and commitment as a true disciple of Jesus Christ, if you have failed to bring your guilt of sin before the cross of Jesus, you may very well hear these words on Judgment Day: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).
Fellow Christian, which Jesus will you follow? The day of decision is before you! Choose ye this day which Jesus you will serve!